Ras Al Khaimah targets destination wedding market

Ras Al Khaimah targets destination wedding market

The emirate has introduced a fast-track process for civil weddings

Ras Al Khaimah is aiming to top the list of global wedding destinations, joining the Seychelles, Thailand and Cyprus, with the emirate offering couples the opportunity to wed via a civil marriage ceremony. 

After the introduction of new laws regulating civil marriage in the country earlier this year, the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has introduced a certification programme that enables wedding planners to facilitate the legal process of civil marriages.

Wedding planners who successfully complete the e-learning programme and acquire the certification will be able to obtain fast-tracked permits for venues across Ras Al Khaimah.

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For couples looking to arrange their own special day without the assistance of a certified wedding planner, the process is equally simple. Applicants can simply submit the relevant documentation via an online portal and get notified via email upon approval. 

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority CEO Raki Phillips said: “Ras Al Khaimah is known for its stunning natural landscapes and world-class hospitality which makes it the ideal choice for a truly special destination wedding.


“As one of the most innovative destinations in the world and a trailblazer in the region, the introduction of our new Wedding Planners Certification Programme underscores the authority’s commitment to increasing tourism in the Emirate and diversifying the experiences available.” 

The Emirate also boasts a portfolio of locations for bespoke celebrations including Al Jazeera Al Hamra - the last surviving pearl diving and seafaring town, Dhayah Fort – the only hilltop fort still in existence in the UAE – and the Jebel Jais Viewing Deck, located 1,250 metres above sea level.

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